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Sassafras albidum

sassafras

plant overview
flavor and fragrance enhancer

This North American species of sassafras provides spectacular fall color for east coast residents of Canada and the U.S., as well as food and lodging for various birds and the spicebush swallowtail butterfly. Up until the mid-1970s, the shoot and roots of this tree were used to flavor root beer soft drinks, but has since been banned in the U.S. because its main constituent, safrole, was found to be carcinogenic. The dried leaf, however, is safely and deliciously used in Creole and Cajun cooking as a component of file and gumbo seasoning blends. Sassafras root bark is also used to flavor beverages and to produce natural fragrances and dyes.

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Sassafras
Sassafras albidum

sassafras

plant overview
flavor and fragrance enhancer

This North American species of sassafras provides spectacular fall color for east coast residents of Canada and the U.S., as well as food and lodging for various birds and the spicebush swallowtail butterfly. Up until the mid-1970s, the shoot and roots of this tree were used to flavor root beer soft drinks, but has since been banned in the U.S. because its main constituent, safrole, was found to be carcinogenic. The dried leaf, however, is safely and deliciously used in Creole and Cajun cooking as a component of file and gumbo seasoning blends. Sassafras root bark is also used to flavor beverages and to produce natural fragrances and dyes.

01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on sassafras

description
Sassafras albidum is a medium-sized deciduous tree of the Lauraceae family.

Sassafras trees can reach heights of up to 15–20 meters and gain a trunk diameter of up to 60 cm. The tree's crown is formed by many slender sympodial branches. Mature trees have thick dark red-brown bark that is deeply furrowed. Initially shoots are bright yellow green with mucilaginous bark, later turning reddish brown, and in a couple of years the shoots begin to show shallow fissures.

The green to yellow-green leaves are alternate, ovate or obovate, 10–16 cm in length and 5–10 cm in width with a short, slender, slightly grooved petiole. The leaves are have three different shapes: three-lobed leaves, unlobed elliptical leaves, and two-lobed leaves (on rare occasion there can be more than 3 lobes). All of these shapes can appear on the same branch. Sassafras leaves turn to shades of yellow, tinged with red during autumn.

In early spring before the appearance of leaves, yellow to greenish-yellow flowers are produced in loose, drooping, few-flowered racemes up to 5 cm long. They have five or six tepals.

The sassafras tree is usually dioecious, the male and female flowers grow on separate trees; and pollination is by insects. The male flowers have nine stamens, while the female flowers have six staminodes (aborted stamens) and a 2–3 mm style on a superior ovary.

The tree's fruit is a 1 cm long dark blue-black drupe that contains a single seed, it is borne on a 2 cm long red fleshy club-shaped pedicel. The fruit ripens in late summer, and seeds are dispersed by birds. The cotyledons are thick and fleshy.

The tree's roots are fleshy and thick, and they often produce root sprouts which are able to develop into new trees.

The entire tree is aromatic and spicy.

common names & nomenclature The common name of sassafras is from the late 16th century Spanish sasafrás, based on Latin saxifraga "saxifrage."

Also known as:
silky sassafras, white sassafras, cinnamon wood, ague tree, saloip, saxifrax

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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